President Corazon Aquino testified in a libel trial Monday that her credibility as national leader had been damaged by a newspaper column that said she hid under her bed during a 1987 coup attempt.

The president, who has survived seven rebel uprisings in her five years in office, said she supported press freedom. But she said it carries a "very serious responsibility" for truth.She spoke in nationally televised proceedings during the libel trial of columnist Luis Beltran, publisher Max Soliven and three other executives of The Philippine Star. It was Aquino's first testimony at the trial, which has been in session off and on since February 1990.